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Culinary students celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Swaying pinatas, Mariachi music, lime margaritas, guacamole, crispy tacos stuffed with meat and cheese… who doesn’t love Mexican food and fun?

With roots in the Mexican army’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, Cinco de Mayo has become a joyous annual worldwide celebration of tasty and colorful Mexican traditions.


Students in Parkland’s culinary arts program learn that food preparation is so much more than the art of slicing and dicing. Parkland staff and students enjoy meals prepared and served by culinary students several times during the school year, often around holidays. Throughout their coursework at Parkland, culinary students gain hands-on experience in practical aspects of food preparation, from menu planning to budgeting to serving and cleanup.  They carry their own ideas out into a full catering experience just as it would be in the workplace. But perhaps the most important lesson they gain is about connections: shared meals connect us all in many ways, from family and friendship to culture and tradition.

Today, May 1, staff and students can enjoy an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican-inspired fiesta of tacos and toppings from 11am to 12:30pm (or until food runs out), in room X118, prepared by HPI 239 Catering students.

For more information on Parkland’s Hospitality program, visit our web page or comment below.